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Former Kamloops Scout leader convicted of child pornography wants restrictions eased

December 05, 2019 - 7:00 AM

A former Kamloops Scouts commissioner convicted in January 2018 for possessing child pornography has applied to have his probation conditions loosened so he can attend a stamp collecting club.

Armstrong resident Barrie Lockton is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 23 to apply to vary a probation order which currently bars him from entering a community centre, among other conditions.

The 76-year-old was convicted of one charge of possessing child pornography in January 2018 and later sentenced to 90 days in prison. Lockton served his sentence two days at a time, spending from 6 p.m. each Tuesday until 4 p.m. Thursday in a prison cell.

Lockton was arrested in April 2017 for the possession of child pornography, which took place in June 2016.

The 76-year-old served as the Scouts Kamloops area commissioner for several years and was involved in the scouts for around 25 years. He appears to have left the organization in around 2013.

Lockton's conviction came after his time with the Scouts.

When reached by phone Lockton said it was something he'd lapsed into and that he has put it behind him.

"It's not the way a person should really act is it?" he said. "It was my bad behaviour."

Lockton said there was no correlation between his conviction and the Scouts.

Lockton said the situation came about because of his "life circumstances" but wouldn't explain further.

He said he wanted to "move on" and that he'd been convicted and done his time.

In 2011 Lockton spoke to the Kamloops Daily News over allegations of a cover-up within the Scouts Canada following reports of a scout leader convicted for child abuse in the United States who later went onto become a Scout leader in Vancouver. Lockton told the paper the allegations were "scary" and reiterated throughout the article that the organization required criminal record checks for new members as well as those currently in the organization.

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